Photography Journal

A Black and White World

A Black and White World

I love black and white photography. I love the way it forces a person to concentrate on composition. Colors are beautiful, but they can be a distraction. Test it yourself sometime. Take a photo that you think is good. A colorful sunset, balloons at a fair, a field...

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Recklessness…

Recklessness…

This is a story about my jeep. I have loved Jeep Wranglers since I was old enough to care about vehicles. And, after purchasing one, I now know absolutely that I have chosen my obsession well. There is a lot to love about Jeeps. Jeep Wranglers wave at each other....

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Unexpected gifts

Unexpected gifts

There is a poem that I love called Evening. It was written by my favorite poet, Rainer Maria Rilke. The translation I first read, and consequently love the most, is by Stephen Mitchell from the collection of Rilke's selected poetry and prose Ahead of All Parting....

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A Long Hoped For Moment

A Long Hoped For Moment

Last Friday was good day. Sometimes it seems that everything just comes together so perfectly that all I can do is accept with gratitude that life is gift. It had a been a longish week, but at 3 o'clock in the afternoon I was not tired, I was joyful. This was the...

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The Power of a New Perspective

The Power of a New Perspective

"Where were you the day the World Trade Center collapsed?" Almost nine years later this is the question that haunts us the way "Where were you the day Kennedy was shot?" once haunted a generation. I was in Flagstaff, Arizona. In 2001 I was the university photographer...

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The Wolf Moon

The Wolf Moon

Last night was brighter outside than I have seen since I left the city. One of the great things about moving to Montana has been the darkness of the nights. They are deep and velvet and the stars... in the city, I almost forgot how beautiful they are. Last night as I...

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I am never allowed to complain about the cold again…

I am never allowed to complain about the cold again…

It's 26 degrees outside right now. We are expected to remain in the low 30's during the daylight hours for the next week or so. Before moving to Montana I would have described this as cold. But, now that I have been here a while this is starting to feel like normal to...

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Documenting my own life

Documenting my own life

As a professional photographer my days are filled with documenting life. Other people's lives. In terms of my own life, I document where I go, but little else of my own story. Shouldn't there be more? I have a cousin who diligently photographs each place that she...

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Living in a Postcard

Living in a Postcard

I have heard life in Montana described as living in a postcard - so far this is the most accurate description I have come across. I sincerely hope the awesome beauty that surrounds me never becomes commonplace. I hope it will always fill me with wonder.

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A Room with a View

A Room with a View

Yesterday I after writing an email to a friend of mine I happened to look up and out my window. Off in the distance some small bit of movement caught my attention. Three deer were hiding up in those trees, nibbling on the pine needles and maneuvering through the deep...

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White on white

White on white

Yesterday afternoon I woke up from my nap (don't laugh when your 34 years old starting the day at 4 a.m. is not as easy as it used to be) I looked out my window only to find a steady torrent of some of the largest snowflakes tumbling out the sky that I have ever seen....

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Greeting the New Year

Greeting the New Year

Everyone has their own holidays — not just the official ones, but the personal ones. Birthdays, anniversaries, memorials, a million moments that belong to individuals, the deeply significant small treasures that the world knows nothing about. New Year's Day is by no...

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

I know it's late in the day, but I wanted to wish all a Merry Christmas and joy in the year to come.

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A new life for me…

So much has changed since I last took the time to update this blog. A whole new life has begun. The biggest external change is my location. I am no longer living in close proximity to the White House. In fact, I am not living in close proximity to much of anything. I...

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Bushkill Falls – Finally

Bushkill Falls – Finally

I know I promised these photos weeks ago, but my life had other plans. So, finally, Bushkill Falls. As I stated in my last post the park does not open until 9 a.m. so I couldn't do the pre-dawn, low light photos that I really prefer to do with waterfalls. But when one...

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Bushkill Falls, Pennsylvania

Why am I awake and posting at 3 o'clock in the morning? Excellent question. The answer — such is the life of a photographer. This morning I am awake and alive in the pre-dawn hours because I have a five hour drive ahead of me. This morning I am traveling north to...

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Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography

I know I've been MIA this week but in my own defense I had 4,959 photos to look through and edit. I have known photographers who despise photographing weddings.  They get bored by the sameness and routine, and by what they consider trite.  Being a wedding photographer...

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The Big Day

The Big Day

In July I was out in Kansas City photographing the engagement party and portraits of my friends Rob Brewer and Tiffany Blackwell.  It doesn't seem possible, but they have managed to pull together a full-blown wedding in just a few months and tomorrow I will be...

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Hello world!

Hello world!

Hello world. Those are the words wordpress has provided.  I don't expect this blog to garner anywhere near that kind of audience.  If you have found your way to this website, there is a pretty good chance that you know me.  If that isn't the case, then you must know...

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